Emotional Intelligence & Attachment Lab

Meet the E.I.A. Lab Faculty 

Dr. Anita Knight Kuhnley

Anita Knight Kuhnley, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Counseling and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in The School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University. She teaches in the CACREP accredited clinical mental health counseling program. Kuhnley earned her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University and her M.A. in Community Counseling from Regent University. Kuhnley is also a certified as a highly reliable coder of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) through Mary Main and Eric Hesse’s UC Berkeley AAI coder certification program. Kuhnley is also the co-author of several books including Redeeming Attachment and Research Based Counseling Skills.

Dr. R. Justin Silvey

Prior to joining the faculty in 2013, Dr. Silvey worked as a professional school counselor in Central Virginia for over three years, serving both the middle school and high school levels. Dr. Silvey’s professional experience also includes admissions and financial aid counseling at the university level. Dr. Silvey is a licensed School Counselor (preK-12). He has also served as the Clinical Director and Faculty Mentor for the School Counseling program at Liberty University. Dr. Silvey has authored professional publications, both books chapters and journals, and has presented many times at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.

Dr. Gary A. Sibcy, II

Gary A. Sibcy II, Ph.D. is a professor of counselor education and supervision and he is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has educated, trained, and supervised counselors for over 15 years. Dr. Sibcy has a broad range of research and clinical interests, including the assessment and treatment of childhood disorders, anxiety and trauma disorders, and personality disorders. He also has an interest in the integration of religious beliefs in clinical practice. His current research interests focus on developing and disseminating empirically supported treatments for both children and adults. Dr. Sibcy writes, speaks, and consults nationally and internationally.

Featured: 2018 Research Team

Yaa Tiwaa Offei Darko, Alex Gantt, Kelly Carapezza, Dr. Justin Silvey, Dr. Anita Kuhnley, Keaghlan Macon, Alex Lagos, & Patrice Parkinson

We typically have about five to seven lines of research that are active. Here are three featured lines of research:
Emotional Intelligence Training
Residential and online workshops utilizing research based strategies for targeting and enhancing trait based and ability based EI, as a potentially protective buffer for burnout.

Empathy Training
We have developed research based residential and online workshops designed to target empathy development and are currently testing their efficacy through a pre-test post-test model.

God Attachment Facilitation
Like the first two lines of research discussed above, in our God attachment facilitation, we have utilized research based interventions that address attachment with God. We are in phase two of this research project.

Research| Practice | Research

We exist to create a culture characterized by the scientist practitioner model. This forum is for emerging clinicians to conduct research on counseling practice related topics, to implement research informed practice, and to continue to research the efficacy of this practice. The goal is continued improvement towards the most effective practices. Practices that build on growing and developing client resources such as Emotional Intelligence (EI), secure autonomous attachment characteristics, autobiographical competence, and a host of other adaptive skills.

The domains above all have in common emotion regulation as a function or component. We research the intersection of these constructs and related topics. Much of our research focuses on strategies to assist with increased emotion regulation, emotional intelligence, enhanced efficacy for counselors, attachment security, and enhanced outcomes for clients pursuing therapy.


“Life is a venn diagram, the rest is just details.”

Dr. R. Justin Silvey